Fashion On A Ration at IWM North

Fashion On A Ration: 1940s Street Style is a brand new exhibition which documents the style of 1940s Britain, charting the trends and revealing fascinating stories from what is often just thought of as a dark period of history. On Saturday I was invited to the Imperial War Museum North, home to the exhibition, to attend the Fashion On the Ration Weekender and take a peek at this exciting exhibition.

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Save Lancashire’s Museums – An Update

Back in November last year in a change to my usual posts I wrote about the cuts Lancashire County Council were making to their Cultural Services budget. As part of these cuts five museums in Burnley, Rossendale, Lancaster, Preston and Fleetwood were to completely lose their funding and close at the end of March unless alternative finding was found. Sadly the severe cuts went ahead despite much campaigning, but just over a week ago it was announced that the museums have been given a temporary reprieve until September.

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Queen Street Mill, Burnley

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Save Lancashire’s Museums

I don’t often deviate from the subject of beauty on my blog but one of my huge passions is the Arts, heritage and education so when I heard the Lancashire County Council plan on making massive budget cuts, which include the closure of dozens of local libraries and completely pulling the funding of five museums in the area, I was livid and wanted to put my view forward. I do hope my regular readers aren’t put off by my off-topic, bit of a rant, but here goes.

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Burnley Cloth Art Project

In a complete change from my usual beauty posts I thought I’d write about a community art project I’ve participated in with artists Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell.

Based at Rogue Studios, Manchester, Sagar&Campbell are artists who work in the fields of contemporary visual art and architectural glass design. Their most recent piece of public art is the Chandelier of Lost Earrings, currently on display at Towneley Hall in Burnley.  It is a beautiful and visually stunning artwork comprising of single “lost” earrings that ordinary people sent to the artists for inclusion, many of which have personal stories and memories attached.

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Sharon, Lauren and the Chandelier of Lost Earrings

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